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Gun Shows

Gun shows are widely attended by Americans interested in firearms for defensive purposes, hunting, sports, recreation and historical significance.

In the 1990s, gun control supporters began claiming that criminals were commonly acquiring guns at shows. However, studies by the federal government have repeatedly shown that less than one percent of state prison inmates incarcerated for gun crimes acquired their guns at shows, while most acquired guns through theft, on the black market, or from family members or friends.

In the same period, gun control supporters began pushing federal legislation to require background checks on the relatively small number of people at shows who buy guns from people who are not dealers. Now, they demand a background check for any sale, trade, gift or other transfer of any firearm, anywhere, to anyone—in some cases, including family members or friends.

NRA opposes expansion of the background check system, because criminals easily get guns by other means and because expanding the background check requirement would be a step toward transforming the background check system into a national gun registry.

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California: Ventura County Fair Board to Consider the Future of Gun Shows at the County Fairgrounds

Friday, September 21, 2018

California: Ventura County Fair Board to Consider the Future of Gun Shows at the County Fairgrounds

The Ventura County Fair Board will be meeting on Tuesday September 25 and the topic of gun shows ...

NBC San Diego  

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

California: Del Mar Gun Show Postponed Pending Policy Review

The governing board of the Del Mar Fairgrounds voted Tuesday to postpone the Crossroads of the West Gun ...

California: Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors Meeting on Gun Shows Tuesday, September 11

Friday, September 7, 2018

California: Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors Meeting on Gun Shows Tuesday, September 11

The next meeting of the Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 11, at 10:00 am ...

California: 2018 Legislative Session Adjourns and Now Governor Brown Needs to Hear from You!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

California: 2018 Legislative Session Adjourns and Now Governor Brown Needs to Hear from You!

The California Legislature has adjourned from the 2018 legislative session and now Governor Brown needs to hear from ...

San Francisco Examiner  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

California: Gun control activists call for end to gun shows at Cow Palace

Prior attempts to shut down the guns shows locally have been largely unsuccessful, including 2013 legislation that would ...

California: Orange County Fairgrounds Board of Directors Meeting Could Determine Future of Gun Show

Monday, June 25, 2018

California: Orange County Fairgrounds Board of Directors Meeting Could Determine Future of Gun Show

On Thursday, June 28th, at 9:00 am, the Board of Directors for the 32nd District Agricultural Association and ...

Illinois: Senate May Hear Waiting Period Expansion Bill

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Illinois: Senate May Hear Waiting Period Expansion Bill

Today, the Illinois state Senate may consider House Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 3256, which would expand the ...

San Diego Union Tribune  

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Push to ban gun shows has long, tangled history in California

When a Bay Area county decided to pass a law that effectively banned gun shows from its fairgrounds, ...

California: Orange County Fairgrounds Board of Directors to Discuss Future of Gun Show

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

California: Orange County Fairgrounds Board of Directors to Discuss Future of Gun Show

On Thursday, May 24th, the Board of Directors for the 32nd District Agricultural Association and the Orange County ...

San Francisco Chronicle  

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

California: Gun show ban will not reduce gun violence

California laws regulating gun shows are the strictest in the nation. The proposed closure of the gun show ...

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